TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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1787

Delaware be­came the first state to rat­ify the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion.

1842

The New York Phil­har­monic per­formed its first con­cert.

1917

Dur­ing World War I, the United States de­clared war on Aus­tria-Hun­gary.

1941

Japan launched a sur­prise at­tack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Har­bor in Hawaii; the raid, which claimed some 2,400 Amer­i­can lives, prompted the U.S. to de­clare war against Japan.

1972

Amer­ica’s last moon mis­sion to date was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Flor­ida.

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